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WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER RIBBON CUTTING – April 13, 2011

9800 Northwest Freeway – Suite 120 – Houston, TX 77092 – 10:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting April 13, 2011

Women owned businesses are the fastest growing business segment in the country. To assist these new women business owners, the Women Business Center will provide business services and financial assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency. The WBC will be a learning hub assisting with government grants, computer skills and additional information to make each business a success.

The Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) in collaboration with Childbuiders and Houston Community College is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting for the newly established Women’s Business Center (WBC). The WBC will provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs, both nascent and established in the Houston and Galveston areas in the areas of finance, management, marketing, and other areas as need.

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for April 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center located at 9800 Northwest Freeway, Suite 120. Scheduled to attend are Susan Repka, Executive Director, WBEA; Trish King, Executive Director, ChildBuilders; Katy Butterwick, Director of Development, Houston Community College; Jackie Broussard, Great Ideas Process, Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional Administrator Region 6; Small Business Administration; Ana Recio Harvey, Assistant Administrator Women’s Business Ownership; Small Business Administration; Ana Ma, Chief of Staff, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Small Business Administration; and Manuel R. González, District Director, Houston District Office, Small Business Administration. Join us as we impact the Houston and Galveston economies through the growth of small businesses and provide Childbuilders programs in local schools.

About the Collaboration Partners:

WBEA Mission: The Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance is committed to increasing business opportunities for woman-owned businesses and corporate members through education, programs, and professional networking.

ChildBuilders: Their mission is to promote healthy social and emotional development in all children and families. Through school-based programs and professional training, we work to ensure that children are respected, nurtured, and protected.

Houston Community College: The HCC vision focuses on three concepts: Relevant, Opportunity and Essential. Drawing students from near and far, Houston Community College mirrors the diversity, openness and opportunity of the world-class city that is Houston. Since its opening in 1971, more than 1.3 million students have improved their lives through education and training from HCC.

Great Ideas Process: Guides its clients to successful new collaborations through a process of unique positive growth strategies. From energy companies to healthcare professionals, the Great Ideas Process prepares clients to identify and integrate necessary partnerships to achieve steady growth and profitability. New long-term connections are designed to bring significant change and a fresh outlook to your business. Great Ideas Process offers clients a new approach to unforeseen connections within specific industries that will support their aspirations for growth and achievement.

Program for WBEA WBC Ribbon Cutting – April 13, 2011
9800 Northwest Freeway, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77092

10:00 a.m. – Welcome Susan Repka, Executive Director, Women’s Business
Enterprise Alliance

10:05 a.m. – Welcome Trish King, Executive Director, Childbuilders

10:10 a.m. – Welcome Katy Butterwick, Director of Development, Houston Community College

10:15 a.m. – Welcome Jackie Broussard, Great Ideas Process

10:20 a.m. – Remarks Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration

10:25 a.m. – Remarks Ana Recio Harvey, Assistant Administrator for Women’s Business Ownership

10:30 a.m. – Remarks Ana Ma, Chief of Staff, Women’s Business Ownership
10:35 a.m. – Remarks Manuel R. González, District Director, Small Business Administration. Houston, TX
10:40 a.m. – Remarks Houston City Council Members (invited)
10:50 a.m. – Remarks The Honorable Mayor Joe Jaworski of Galveston
10:55 a.m. – Remarks Elected Officials (updated list as they RSVP)
11:15 a.m. – Remarks Collaborative Partner Organization Board Members
11:30 a.m. – Closing Susan Repka, Executive Director, WBEA

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